Our March adventure was first published in the Strand Magazine in January 1892. Christopher Morley called it “A Christmas story without the slush.” When it was published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, an alternative title was used – “The Christmas Goose That Swallowed the Diamond.”
On Tuesday, March 2nd the Stormy Petrels will meet via Zoom to discuss “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle”
Find out what Dr. Watson learns as he visits his friend, Holmes, on the second day after Christmas.
What is a commissionaire?
Find out how a precious gem ended up in the “disjecta membra” of a foul.
What did Holmes deduce from the hat of Henry Baker and why did his wife force Baker the wear a scotch bonnet?
Holmes says it is “the season of forgiveness.” Was Holmes commuting a felony or saving a soul?
Bonus questions: 1. The blue carbuncle may have been based on which real-life gem? 2. Which American Novelist had a story published in 1851 titled “The Great Carbuncle” (in his collection of Twice-Told Tales) 3. In which other Sherlock Holmes adventure do we find an incident of vitriol throwing?
The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM (Pacific Time)
Listen to Sheldon Goldfarb read his musings on the story. Join the discussion.
For more info, please contact Fran at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fran Martin became a member of The Bootmakers of Toronto in 1987 and The Stormy Petrels of B.C. in 1988.
She has attended several Sherlockian conferences including: In 1992 "Aspects of Holmes" in Bradford, England (hosted by The Northern Musgraves); In 2006 "ACD at 35" in Toronto (hosted by The Bootmakers of Toronto); 2013 "Sherlock Holmes Through Time & and Place" in Minneapolis (hosted by The Norwegian Explorers); 2014 "Gillette to Brett IV" in Bloomington (hosted by Wessex Press); 2015 SherlockCon in Seattle; 2015 "A Scintillation of Scions VIII" in Baltimore (hosted by Watson's Tin Box); 2016 "The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes" (hosted by The Norwegian Explorers); in 2018 in Dayton, Ohio for the "Holmes, Doyle & Friends" conference (hosted by the Agra Treasurers).
Fran has held several positions with The Stormy Petrels of B.C. including secretary, vice-president, special events coordinator and is currently president and editor of the "Petrel Flyer".
She was honoured with being awarded the title of "Master Bootmaker" in 2014. She was very pleased to present a paper to a meeting of Sir Hugo's Companions in Chicago in 2017.
Fran has contributed articles to Canadian Holmes magazine, the Watsonian and Chris Redmond's "About Sixty" and "Sherlock Holmes is Like...". In May, 2018 she attended the 78th annual Speckled Band of Boston dinner. She was very honoured to have been one of the first women invited.
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